Games are steadily being recognized for their functionality as a medical recovery tool, and the UK-based Limbs Alive company has developed a series of titles in this regard. The games help hemiplegia patients regain and improve their motor skills, reaction times and depth perception. Hemiplegia, which is often caused by a stroke, is the paralysis of the arm, leg and body on one side.
Limbs Alives aims to help patients recover from this paralysis by having them use motion to control the characters in the games in order to complete a certain activity, such as juggling. Successful completion of the activity means the player can move on to the next level in the game, which will require even more coordination and concentration. According to the Limbs Alive site, the games are "focused," in that they help to develop skills requiring two hands, which is imperative for independence.